Annapurna Devi, classical musician, passes away at 91

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Mumbai: Renowned musician Padma Bhushan Annapurna Devi passed away today at Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai after suffering from a number of health issues which were age-related. She was 91.

Annapurna Devi was born on April 23, 1927 in Madhya Pradesh’s Maihar town to Ustad ‘Baba’ Allauddin Khan and Madina Begum.

Annapurna Devi was trailed in classical music by her father, Ustad Baba Allaudin Khan, who helped set up the ‘Senia Maihar Gharana’. She was an Indian ‘Surbahar’ (bass sitar) player of Hindustani Classical Music.

She received the India’s third highest civilian honour the Padma Bhushan in 1977 and later in the year 1991 she received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest Indian honour in performing arts.

In 2004, the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the Government of India’s highest organisation for promoting music and other fine arts, appointed her as a “Ratna” or jewel fellow (a lifetime honour).

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